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Town Medium Palapye

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Located in Botswana :: Eastern Botswana/Tuli  :: Palapye
Category: Places :: Town Medium

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The first people to settle in the Palapye region were the Bamangwato under Kgosi Khama III. They made their village west of Tswapong Hills but as the terrain was too rocky for crop production, they relocated to the current day site in 1902. The ruins of the church erected in 1892 can still be seen at the site of the Old Palapye village.

Today Palapye is a hive of activity and home to more than 37 000 people. It's also referred to as 'the meeting place' because it lies on the intersection of the A1 between Gaborone and Francistown, and the A14, between Martin’s Drift Border Post and Maun. The presence of the large Morupule Coal Mine and Power Station, the modern Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST), Palapye Water Affairs, and its convenient location makes this town one of Botswana’s main financial, residential and educational centres.

Traveller Description

Palapye means 'impala' and refers to the herds of such antelope that used to be seen around the Lotsane River which runs through the town in an easterly direction. The river passes north of Tswapong Hills, where it enters the Lotsane Dam. This dam provides drinking water for the villages in the Tswapong area and irrigation for the agricultural fields around Maunatlala Village.

The combination of sandstone, ironstone and quartzite gives Tswapong Hills a rich hue. The range is said to be a billion years old, and is approximately 400metres high and 20km wide, stretching west from Moremi Village for 60km. Traces of the first Bantu-speaking people in Southern Africa has been found in the gorges of Tswapong, including pieces of pottery and iron smelting ovens.

Moremi Gorge, 40km east of Palapye, is situated on the Lotsane River, and home to a series of three waterfalls and lush vegetation seldom seen in this arid country. It's a national monument with great religious and spiritual meaning for the community, and visitors are accompanied by National Museum guide. Accommodation is available in chalets or campsites.

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Palapye, Eastern Botswana/Tuli, Botswana
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  Mascom. Orange. Be Mobile

Directions [ correction ]

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station :  Yes   Police Telephone :  +267 492 0222 / +267 942 0241
Hospital : Yes   Hospital Telephone :  +267 942 2742
Doctor : Yes   Doctor Telephone :  +267 492 4763
Tourist Information :  Yes   Tourist Information Telephone :  +267 492 2138
Petrol :  Yes   Petrol Type :  LRP/ ULP
Diesel :  Yes
Facilities :  Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities :  Auto Spares. Fast Food. Bar/s.

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Fishing, Swimming, Makoro Trips, Boat Trips, Bird Watching, Scenic Flights
More Activities :  Camping Safaris.

Travelling Information

Palapye has several fuel stations, supermarkets, banks, foreign exchange, a casino and a butchery.

 Travel Tip!

Tourist attractions in the vicinity are the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Tswapong Hills and Moremi Sacred Gorge. A visit to Old Palapye is also interesting as it is a multi-cultural site going back to the Middle Stone Age. This site is to be further developed to encourage tourism.
Meat in Botswana is of excellent quality and usually cheaper than in South Africa. Pre-order your meat from Bosveld Meat Market and pick it up when you pass through.

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